“I don’t think all parties have different views on Jammu and Kashmir. In the all-party meeting, most of the people expressed their opinion of peace returning to Kashmir. They spoke in support of speaking to anybody. They spoke in support of confidence building measures, including the restrictions on pellet guns and review of AFSPA,” TMC MP Sougata Roy told reporters.
Roy said by talking to different sections of people there, they can hope to cool down the ongoing unrest in Kashmir. “We are going in that perspective. We think that by going and talking to different sections of people which we will today and tomorrow, we can hope to find a solution, at least cool down the situation so that normalcy is restored.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party delegation to Kashmir on Sunday to discuss and find solution to the ongoing unrest there. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti yesterday invited Hurriyat leaders for talks with the all-party delegation.
A preparatory meeting of all-party delegation was held in the national capital. Singh said the Centre would take a final decision with regard to Kashmir unrest on the basis of feedback and suggestions given by the all party-delegation.
The delegation was made aware of the prevailing situation in the state and contours of the tour during which they will hold talks with a cross-section of people. Along with Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh and top officials were present in the meeting.
The prevailing ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir, views of different stake holders, individuals and groups were conveyed to the parliamentarians during the meeting. During the two-day visit, the visiting MPs will interact with Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mufti, and will also be holding meetings with representatives of all political parties and other delegations in Srinagar to bring peace in the Valley. The valley is facing unrest due to protests in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani on July 8.